UC Davis Professor of Law Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe to Deliver 2022 Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics

March 16, 2022
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The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is proud to announce that Professor Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe will deliver the 2022 Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics. Professor Joe joined the faculty at the UC Davis School of Law in 2016. Her lecture, Learning from Mistakes: Ethical Considerations for Public Defenders, will take place virtually on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 12:45pm EST.

“Our Blank Lecture on Attorney Ethics regularly features a renowned expert speaking on a timely and important topic. This year, we are honored to have Professor Joe present our Blank Lecture focusing on the topic of ethics as related to public defenders. Public defenders adherence to the rules of ethics are integral to a fair and just system of law and we look forward to Professor Joe sharing her insights with us in April,” remarked Horace Anderson, Dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

At the UC Davis School of Law, Professor Joe teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility (Legal Ethics), and Voir Dire (Jury Selection). She is an accomplished scholar, whose research focuses on how the design of the criminal process affects the ability of institutional attorneys to manage overwhelming caseloads and comply with ethical requirements. Her scholarly work was most recently published in the Iowa Law Review, California Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, SMU Dedman School of Law Review, Duke Law Journal Online, and more.

Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty, Professor Joe was a fellow for the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and completed a federal clerkship with the Honorable Napoleon Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She served as a line defender and the Assistant Special Litigation Counsel at the Orleans Public Defenders, a public defender office newly created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She was also the Assistant Training Director with the Louisiana Public Defender Board where she was responsible for creating and implementing statewide training programs for the public defenders, investigators, mitigation specialists and administrative staff tasked with providing constitutional and ethical representation to defendants facing misdemeanor, felony and capital charges. Professor Joe received her JD from Stanford Law School and graduated with a BA in Government and African American Studies from University of Texas at Austin.

The Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics was established by the family, friends and colleagues of the late Philip B. Blank, Associate Dean for External Affairs and Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. In honor of Dean Blank's commitment to legal ethics, the Blank Lecture has presented distinguished members of the legal community recognized for their leadership in the area of attorney ethics and practice. Dean Blank was a member of the Law School's faculty from 1979 until his death in 1989. He taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Wills, Estate Planning and Legal Methods. He is remembered as an outstanding teacher of the law and a caring mentor to his students. A model citizen of Westchester County, Dean Blank served as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Mount Pleasant and held leadership positions in the Westchester County and White Plains Bar Associations. The last Blank lecture was given by Mimi Rocah, District Attorney for Westchester County.

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